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Call for nominations for annual dinner gala awards 2017

Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce to honour outstanding business leaders

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations to recognize outstanding business leaders at its annual dinner gala and awards celebration.

Two awards will be presented at the April 27 event; the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Business Person of the Year Award and the Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award.

“The chamber’s annual dinner gala and awards celebration has recognized the accomplishments of the region’s businesses and leaders since 1989,” said Chamber President, Andrew Lake.   “The award program provides recognition for individuals and businesses that are rooted in their communities, providing strong leadership and value.”

To view the full award criteria and to download the 2017 nomination forms, visit, email [email protected] to request a form, or stop by the Chamber office at 605 Prince St., Truro (Marigold Cultural Centre). Self-nominations are welcome.

Click here to download BDC Business Person of the year nomination form

Click here to download Community Credit Union Business Excellence Nomination Form

The deadline to submit completed nominations is March 29, 2017. They may be submitted electronically to [email protected], by mail to Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce, 605 Prince St., Truro, N.S. B2N 1G2, or at the Chamber office.

The Community Credit Union Business Excellence Award recognizes a business that has been in operation for at least 10 years and has had an outstanding impact on the community in Truro or Colchester. The BDC Business Person of the Year Award acknowledges a founder, owner, CEO, president or manager who has achieved significant success in business showing strong leadership skills and business acumen contributing to the consistent growth of the business.

Along with the two prestigious award presentations, the gala will feature special guest Cathy Bennett, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Within her ministerial portfolio, she is also responsible for the Women’s Policy Office, Human Resources Secretariat, Public Service Commission, Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation.

Prior to her election to the Legislature in April of 2013, she was CEO of Bennett Group of Companies, leading Bennett Restaurants’ franchises for eight St. John’s area restaurants, a small construction company and a commercial property company. Bennett was also the partner in an industrial construction and supply company and a day spa.

Her business and community focus has been acknowledged with awards as Employer of Distinction in 2011, and several top CEO in Atlantic Canada awards from Atlantic Business Magazine. She was recognized as one of the top 25 Women of Influence in Canada in 2012, and is a Paul Harris Award and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient.  She is also the recipient of a Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs Award of Excellence.

“Cathy offers an inspirational story of applying work ethic, focus and direction to advance from a front-line worker to a successful owner/operator, respected business woman and politician,” said the Chamber president.

The Chamber is now accepting seating reservations for the April 27 gala dinner at the Holiday Inn and Convention Centre.  Reserve seats by April 14 for early booking discount, cost $45 plus tax for members and $55 plus tax for future members.  Cost for members booking seats after April 14 is $50 plus HST ($60 plus HST for future members). For more information contact the Chamber office at 902-895-6328 or email [email protected].